Opinion

Why not reinvest that $40 a day into the extracurricular needs?

Dear editor,

In regards to the “parental payout” of $40 per day, per child for each day that the teachers’ strike carries into the new school year: This ranks as one of the most stupid ideas this government has had.

This is an attempt to buy favour with the parents.

Will it really go to where it is needed? Not really.

A good friend of mine came up with what I think is a brilliant idea. Why don’t parents set up a fund in each school into which they deposit all or some of this money. This could then be used for all sorts of things such as supplies, trips, equipment. They would not have to beg and grovel to the government for extra funds. No red tape. Needy students would be able to participate in activities they could not normally afford, school fees could be reduced.

Let’s look at the numbers. A school with 300 students at $40 per head could have a daily deposit of $12,000!

Let’s face it, the government should put this money aside and use it to help fund an agreement but they have decided to throw it away. Let’s try and put this money to good use.

I would like to know what others think of this idea.

 

Gary Brammer

Cumberland

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